It’s important that all children receive a nutritious lunch. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 has revised many school lunch requirements to ensure that children are receiving healthy lunches that will promote a healthy lifestyle and help keep kids energized and focused in school. These guidelines can help inform home-packed lunches as well, in order to make sure your child gets all the benefits of a healthy school lunch. Read on for 4 of these benefits.
Boost Energy and Grades
It’s important to take a lunch break in order to make sure you rest, take in nutrients, and stay productive throughout the day. The same goes for kids in school as well–when children have healthy school lunches, they are better able to concentrate in class. This will keep them from getting groggy in the afternoon and can even positively impact their grades.
Provide Important Nutrients
Children are growing every day, so they need nutritious food to keep up with their growth. After all, lunch represents about a third of a child’s caloric intake for the day, so it’s important to make sure it’s rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. Nutrient-dense lunches featuring fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are sure to give your child their required daily protein, calcium, and vitamins A and C, which many kids don’t get enough of.
Limits Fat Intake
A nutritious school lunch will help limit unhealthy fat intake. Since it’s recommended that a child get no more than 25-35% of their daily calories from fat, to promote growth and heart health, it’s important to keep fat intake fairly limited. A good, healthy school lunch will limit saturated fat, ensuring that your child is getting the nutrients they need, while avoiding the things they don’t need.
Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle
When children eat healthy lunches throughout the day, it creates healthy lifestyle habits that they can carry with them into adolescence and adulthood. By offering nutritious food that will help children focus, feel healthy, and stay full longer, they will get everything they need while forming important habits for healthy living.
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